January 3, 1930
Staten Island, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Missouri|
|Children||3 children (and 1 stepdaughter)|
|Awards||Saturn Award (1988)|
Loggia, an Italian American, was born on Staten Island on January 3, 1930, the son of Benjamin Loggia, a shoemaker, and Elena Blandino, a homemaker, both of whom were born in Sicily, Italy. After studying at Wagner College and journalism at the University of Missouri (class of 1951) and serving in the U.S. Army, Loggia began a long career as a supporting player in movies, on stage and television.
Loggia was a radio and TV anchor in Southern Command Network in the Panama Canal Zone. Loggia first came to prominence playing the real-life American lawman Elfego Baca in a series of Walt Disney TV shows in 1958. He starred as the proverbial cat-burglar-turned-good in a short-lived series called T.H.E. Cat. In 1972, he played Frank Carver on the CBS soap opera The Secret Storm. His many television credits include appearances on Frasier, The Bionic Woman, Overland Trail, Target: The Corruptors!, The Eleventh Hour, Breaking Point, Combat!, Custer, Columbo, Ellery Queen, High Chaparral, Gunsmoke, Billy Valley, Rawhide, Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, The Rockford Files (three times as three different characters), Magnum, P.I., Quincy ME, Kojak, Hawaii Five-0, The Sopranos, Monk, Oliver Stone's miniseries Wild Palms and Little House on the Prairie.
His film roles include An Officer and a Gentleman, Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771, based on the Air New Zealand Flight 103 incident, Scarface, Prizzi's Honor, Over The Top, Independence Day, Necessary Roughness, Return to Me, Armed and Dangerous, and Big (for which he won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor).
In 1985, Loggia was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of crusty private detective Sam Ransom in the thriller Jagged Edge. He was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his portrayal of FBI agent Nick Mancuso in the TV series Mancuso, FBI, a follow up to the previous year's miniseries Favorite Son. Loggia appeared as mobsters in multiple films including Sykes in Disney's Oliver & Company (1988), Salvatore "The Shark" Macelli in John Landis' Innocent Blood and Mr. Eddy in David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997) and The Don's Analyst (1997).
In 1998, Loggia appeared in a television commercial lampooning obscure celebrity endorsements. In it, a young boy names Loggia as someone he would trust to recommend Minute Maid orange-tangerine blend. Robert Loggia instantly appears and endorses the drink, to which the boy exclaims, "Whoa, Robert Loggia!" The commercial was later referenced in an episode of Malcolm in the Middle in which Loggia made a guest appearance as "Grandpa Victor" (for which he received his second Emmy nomination); Loggia drinks some orange juice, then spits it out and complains about the pulp. In a similar vein, Loggia has been parodied on an episode of the show Family Guy titled "Peter's Two Dads." Loggia also played a violent mobster named Feech La Manna on a few episodes of the series The Sopranos.
In addition to his role in Oliver & Company (1988), Loggia has had several other voice acting roles. A recurring role on the Adult Swim animated comedy Tom Goes to the Mayor, as crooked cop Ray Machowski in the video game Grand Theft Auto III, as Admiral Petrarch in FreeSpace 2, as the narrator of the Scarface: The World is Yours game adaptation, and in the anime movie A Dog of Flanders (1997).
In 2010, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.
|1956||Somebody Up There Likes Me||Frankie Peppo||Uncredited|
|1957||The Garment Jungle||Tulio Renata|
|1958||Cop Hater||Detective Steve Carelli|
|The Lost Missile||Dr. David Loring|
|1965||The Greatest Story Ever Told||Joseph|
|1966||The Three Sisters||Solyony|
|Elfego Baca: Six Gun Law||Elfego Baca|
|1977||First Love||John March|
|1974||Turn the Other Cheek||Marches Gonzaga||Billed as Roberto Loggia|
|1978||Revenge of the Pink Panther||Al Marchione|
|1980||The Ninth Configuration||Lt. Bennish|
|Flatfoot in Egypt||Barns|
|1982||An Officer and a Gentleman||Byron Mayo|
|Trail of the Pink Panther||Bruno Langois|
|1983||Psycho II||Dr. Bill Raymond|
|Curse of the Pink Panther||Bruno Langois|
|1985||Prizzi's Honor||Eduardo Prizzi|
|Jagged Edge||Sam Ransom|
|1986||Armed and Dangerous||Michael Carlino|
|That's Life!||Father Baragone|
|1987||Over the Top||Jason Cutler|
|Hot Pursuit||Mac MacClaren|
|The Believers||Lt. Sean McTaggert|
|Gaby: A True Story||Michel|
|Amazon Women on the Moon||Gen. McCormick||Segment: The Unknown Soldier
|Oliver and Company||Sykes||Voice Only|
|Triumph of the Spirit||Father Arouch|
|1991||The Marrying Man||Lew Horner|
|Necessary Roughness||Coach Wally Rig|
|Innocent Blood||Sallie "The Shark" Macelli|
|1994||Bad Girls||Frank Jarrett|
|The Last Tattoo||Cmdr. Conrad Dart|
|I Love Trouble||Matt, Chronicle Editor|
|Man With a Gun||Philip Marquand|
|1996||Independence Day||General William Grey|
|1997||Lost Highway||Mr. Eddy|
|Smilla's Sense of Snow||Moritz Jasperson|
|1997||The Dog of Flanders||Grandpa Jehan||Voice Only
|1998||Holy Man||John McBainbridge|
|1999||Joan Of Arc||Father Monet||TV|
|2000||Return to Me||Angelo Pardipillo|
|2009||Shrink||Dr. Robert Carter|
|2012||Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie||Tommy Schlaaang|
|Apostle Peter and the Last Supper||Apostle Peter|
Awards and nominations
|1986||Academy Award||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Jagged Edge||Nominated|
|1988||CableACE Award||Best Actor in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special||Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8||Nominated|
|Golden Precolumbian Circle Award||Best Actor||Gaby: A True Story||Won|
|1990||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actor||Big||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Mancuso, FBI||Nominated|
|2001||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||Malcolm in the Middle||Nominated|
- Biography for Robert Loggia at the Internet Movie Database
- Biography at FilmReference.
- Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune.
- Biography at Yahoo! Movies.
- TV Guide Guide to TV. Barnes and Noble. 2004. p. 562. ISBN 0-7607-5634-1.
- YouTube - Whoa, Robert Loggia!
- The Dog of Flanders - Buried Treasure
- Adam Bryant. "Exclusive: Ray Romano's Men of a Certain Age Casts Robert Loggia". TVGuide.com.
- "Robert Loggia, William Least Heat-Moon to earn honorary MU degrees". Columbia Daily Tribune. December 1, 2011. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
- Robert Loggia at the Internet Movie Database
- Robert Loggia at the Internet Broadway Database
- Robert Loggia at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Robert Loggia at the University of Wisconsin's Actors Studio audio collection